2004-09-30 / Political Page

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Columbus Day Parade

  • Former Congressmember Mario Biaggi will be the keynote speaker at the annual Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens on Saturday, October 9.
  • Marchers will assemble at 11 a.m. at the Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36th St., Astoria. The parade is scheduled to start at noon with Grand Marshal Dr. Philip A. Composto leading the way.

    The marchers will follow the route along Steinway Street to 30th Avenue, then left on 30th Avenue, right on 33rd Street to end at the Columbus Triangle at Astoria Boulevard and 31st Street.

    Many public officials and community leaders are expected to participate. To join, call 718-204-2444 or e-mail fiao@juno.com.

    Welcomes Mayor’s Look At Pedestrian Overpasses

    Some two years ago City Councilmember Tony Avella (D–Bayside) introduced a bill calling for a stop sign at every pedestrian overpass in the city as a safety measure. Not much has happened since.

    So Avella was pleased to hear Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall announce recently that they are implementing safety initiatives at these locations, although he feels more can be done.

    “While this is a step in the right direction, all of these locations need to be protected,” Avella said. “Unfortunately DOT’s criteria for evaluating intersections are woefully inadequate. We need to safeguard pedestrians and bikers at every pedestrian overpass not just 31 out of a total of 122.”

    Weprin Honors Emergency Service Vols

    Community-based volunteer ambulance squads, volunteer fire departments and college and university campus emergency squads were among those honored yesterday at the first New York City Volunteer Emergency Services Day hosted by City Councilmember David Weprin (D–Hollis) at City Hall.

    Weprin declared, “Volunteer EMS squads provided a great service to the city of New York on September 11, 2001 and continue to serve our city on a volunteer basis. The communities served by the squads depend on them to be their first line of defense for many types of emergencies. Volunteers invest a large amount of time in service to their communities and they are deserving of citywide recognition of their commitment.”

    DMV Mobile Outreach In Maspeth

    Assemblymember Margaret Markey (D–Maspeth) has arranged for the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to have its Mobile Outreach van visit at her office, 55-19 69th St., Maspeth on Thursday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    The outreach van will help Markey’s constituents with a variety of services, including registering vehicles or renewing motor vehicle registrations; renewing drivers’ licenses; renewing or issuing non-driver photo ID cards, and changing addresses on licenses or registrations. Markey says it’s an opportunity to get something done without traveling to a DMV office.

    Call Michelle Masone at Markey’s district office at 718-651-3185 to be put on the list of those attending or to find out which documents will be needed. Payment can be made by check, credit card or money order. Cash will not be accepted.

    $4.2 M For Clean-Fueled Buses

    Governor George Pataki announced last week that the city Department of Transportation will receive up to $1.4 million to purchase 20 clean-fueled hybrid electric buses to replace those giving off harmful emissions.

    The DOT grant makes up more than half of similar clean fuel allocations going to local transportation agencies around the state as part of the Pataki administration’s program “to provide cleaner air for our children.”

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    Street Renamed To Honor Local Leader

    City Councilmember James Gennaro (D–Fresh Meadows) recently renamed 80th Drive in Jamaica Estates in honor of the late Arlene Fuchs Katz in memory of her dedicated service to the communities of Queens.

    Gennaro said that among Katz’s many contributions to Queens was her service as a teacher at P.S. 131, Jamaica, leader in the United Federation of Teachers Union (UFT), a Community Board 8 member, and president of the Independent Democratic Club. Katz died this past January. Arlene Fuchs Katz Drive is now located at the corner of Chevy Chase Street and 80th Drive, Jamaica Estates.

    Pictured are friends and family of Arlene Katz, including, (L-R) Edna and Bob Harris, Assemblymember Mark Weprin, Councilmember James Gennaro, Gerrie Katz Wolf (center), Councilmember David Weprin, Martha Taylor honor the memory of a friend and community leader.

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